Saturday, June 2, 2012

The 1961 Chevy Corvette Mako Shark

The basic lines of the 1961 experimental Mako Shark Corvette concept car were inspired by a mako shark caught off the coast of Florida by Williams L. Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell was at the time, Vice President of General Motors Styling Staff now known as General Design Center. The Mako Shark concept car is finished in a varicolored paint scheme based on an iridescent blue upper surface that blends into a white side and lower body, like the natural colouring of the shark Bill Mitchell landed. The present engine is a production 1961 427 cubic inch ZL-1 Chevrolet V-8. This engine has an all aluminium block, heads and intake manifold. It is equipped with a single four-barrel carburettor that produces upwards of 425 horsepower. The Mako Shark is presently part of the Vintage Concept Car Collection owned and cared for by the General Motors Design Center.